Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Rockets vs Nuggets Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Houston Rockets taking on the Denver Nuggets Wednesday October 27 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Houston Rockets (0-0) vs. Denver Nuggets (0-0)
Date: Wednesday October 27th
Time:8:00 PM EST
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
NBA Betting Odds: Houston -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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The Houston Rockets are coming off one of the finest seasons the franchise has enjoyed in a long time, winning more regular-season games that it had since 1996-97, and they did so while enduring some injury troubles for most of the season.
They now open the season against a Denver Nuggets team that they dominated last season. Houston won all four meetings between the teams a year ago by an average of 10.0 points, and the Rockets boosted their cause in this series by stealing away Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson in an offseason trade.
The Rockets will again be anchored by James Harden this season.
The MVP runner-up to Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry averaged second in the NBA in scoring with 27.4 points per game. His backcourt partner, Patrick Beverley, signed a four-year, $25 million deal to stay with the team in July, but later in the offseason, Houston acquired Lawson to help take some of the ball-carrying duties off Harden’s plate.
Houston also starts the year with a healthy Dwight Howard, who missed a slew of games a year ago with knee problems. He played in two of the four games against Denver a year ago and averaged 25.0 points and 14.5 rebounds.
Michael Malone is the new coach of the Nuggets. He was fired by the Sacramento Kings in December, and replaces Bryan Shaw, who spent two-plus seasons as the Nuggets’ bench boss.
While Malone won’t have Lawson to work with, the Nuggets did bring in an elite prospect to fill the position in Emmanuel Mudiay, who will look to develop a quick rapport with the likes of Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, and Wilson Chandler.
For the Nuggets, this year will largely be about developing Mudiay and some of the teams other young players following a 30-win season.
NBA Betting Trends:
The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings between these teams.
The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings between these teams.
The Rockets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
The Rockets are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games against Northwest Division opponents.
Free NBA Prediction:
The Rockets are the better team in this matchup, and after a year in which they won all four meetings by an average margin in the double-digits, they were able to pry away the Nuggets’ top performer in Lawson.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Houston -10.5
The under on opening night looks like a solid play as well, but Houston’s dominance in this series should only continue as the team sends out a full roster in the early part of the season. Building up a margin and moving on to the next game should be high on the team’s priority list on Wednesday.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Houston 105 – Denver 84
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